WorldOil Turkey to issue exploration licenses in contested waters, straining EU ties Turkey will issue new exploration licenses in the eastern Mediterranean now that it’s set a maritime border with Libya, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday, a step liable to exacerbate strains with Greece and the European Union. Israeli gas finally reaches Egypt as mega deal bears fruit Egypt began receiving natural gas from Israel, enacting a deal initially worth $15 billion that’s part of the North African country’s plan to become an energy re-export hub on Europe’s doorstep. Israeli gas stocks rose. Israeli court halts Noble’s Leviathan gas project over environmental concerns Jerusalem’s district court ruled late Tuesday that the firms developing Leviathan are barred from pollutive activity until further notice, in effect halting operations. Egypt expects first Israeli gas by year-end, oil minister says Egypt expects to begin receiving natural gas from Israel by the end of 2019, the oil minister said, fulfilling a $15 billion deal that will position the North African country as an energy re-export hub on Europe’s doorstep. Israel awards 12 offshore exploration blocks to Cairn, Soco The Israeli Ministry of Energy has awarded 12 new offshore blocks in Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone in its second license round, adding British companies Cairn and Soco to an international roster of oil and gas companies operating in the country’s waters. Egypt, Israel amend $15 billion gas deal to avoid supply disruption The parties to a $15 billion deal to export Israeli natural gas to Egypt are changing the agreement to reduce the risk of disruptions. Israel agrees to U.S.-mediated maritime talks with Lebanon Israel is willing to enter U.S.-mediated talks with Lebanon on setting a maritime border, the Energy Ministry said today. Exxon working with Israel to develop floating LNG export facility Exxon Mobil is in discussions to build a platform that would expand the export reach of Israel’s biggest natural gas field. Energean commences drilling campaign in Israel Energean Oil and Gas plc, the oil and gas producer focused on the Mediterranean, has announced that it has commenced its 2019 drilling program in Israel. Authorities discuss plans to build gas pipeline from Israel to Egypt Talks are in progress to build an underwater natural gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt, part of efforts to transform the eastern Mediterranean into an energy export hub on Europe’s doorstep.